Ashland City Leaders Move Forward with Resolution Supporting Cannibas Legalization

Updated: August 29, 2018 06:06 AM

Ashland city leaders are taking steps to help make medical and recreational cannabis legal in the state of Wisconsin. Tuesday, City Council voted 6-4 to move a resolution forward that would push for the legalization at a special Committee of the Whole meeting.


This means the resolution will move to the next council meeting, where it will undergo a final decision.

At Tuesday's meeting, residents where split on their stance on whether or not to legalize cannabis in the state. 

"I am here to speak out in favor of you passing on this resolution to legalize marijuana. I understand it is an emotional issue for people in our community," said one resident supporter.

"I would not want a school driver driving my child who has done marijuana," said another resident opposed to the measure.

Keith Tueit was one resident against it who shared his personal experience with his son's addiction. 

"It's a very difficult situation that he (my son) experiences and as such my goal is to make things more difficult for him to access legal type products such as alcohol and so on and if marijuana becomes legal it exacerbates the problem," said Tueit.

However, others like Donna Blazek says it will not only be a financial benefit but environmental as well.

"This is a beautiful north woods of Wisconsin and they are growing marijuana illegally in the shadows of our forest, our national forest. It is ruining the root system, it's ruining those trees. We got to get it out of forest ASAP," said Blazek.

If passed, the measure would urge the Wisconsin State Legislature to legalize and regulate medicinal cannabis for all and the recreational possession and use of cannabis for adults.

"I don't think our resolution is going to get Madison to pass a law but what I do think it does is it causes other communities and activists to take note," said David Mettille, Council President who is in support of the measure.

Mettille says passing it will be significant in tackling the area's opioid problem, but that his support goes beyond that.

"I think it's good to take an economy happening underground already and regulate it and generate revenue for the public good," he said. 

The next council meeting where they will have a final vote on te measure takes place two weeks from Tuesday.

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